Where can I visit Santa in CHIBA?
Santa in Chiba – Last year Santa Claus arrived into Narita airport on November 25th, but as I write this also on November 25th he still hasn’t arrived for 2017! White Santa is here though. And Santa’s meet and greet locations for after he arrives have already been scheduled. You will find twenty locations in Chiba with a scheduled Santa below. These are meet and greets that have been confirmed. Others that have yet to confirm will be added by midnight on December 1st. The MyMap is located at the bottom of the article with all the Santa Claus meet and greet locations marked.
Please do note that Santa visits here are a lot more simple than in other countries. There is generally no grotto, no presents and no professional photographer. You can take a photo, but with your own camera. Also, events by their very nature are tentative and subject to change, so please do check with the official site closer to the time to make sure there have been no changes. If an event has been cancelled it will say 「中止」in Japanese. 「変更」might indicate a change in time or date or even a change in the conditions for meeting Santa.
Where you see the mention of a “Lapland / Finland Santa” means that it is the Santa that flies into Japan every year with Finnair. (Or a variation of him!) 🙂 If you are looking for where you can visit Santa in Tokyo, that will also featured on this blog: coming soon.
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White (Lapland) Santa is currently on his annual visit to Ikspiari Town, since early November. You can only meet him if you have receipts from shopping in Ikspiari for over 5000 yen (which is 2000 yen more expensive than last year). You bring your receipts to the designated counter to get a ticket. You need to bring your own camera to take a photo of your children with Santa. He is available at Celebration Plaza four times a day on weekends and public holidays as well as Christmas day. He sees 30 people / pairs / families during each time slot, which are at 12.00, 1.30 pm, 3.30 pm and 5 pm. For the latter the night illumination is on.
Official site: https://www.ikspiari.com/ent/special/christmastown_2017/
**DISNEY** Santa does visit but you can no longer meet and greet him in Tokyo Disney Land and Sea. However, you can meet him in some of the official hotels, such as the Sheraton, if you book the Santa package.
The Ichihara branch of Ario have a Lapland Santa visiting on December 2nd between 2 and 4 pm. This is a free event and will take place in the indoor part of Sunshine Court.
Official Site: Ario Ichihara’s Official Event and News Webpage
Premium Outlets, Shisui
Premium Outlets at SHISUI offer the chance to get your photo taken with Santa (bring your own camera!) on December 3rd at the stage area in front of the food court. There will be only three time slots this year, but two of the slots have increased the number of people/groups they allow each time. The times are 10.30 am, 1.30 pm and 3.50 pm. He will also visit the premium outlets in Ibaraki, Tochigi and Shizuoka on different dates. You can view information for those locations here: Premium Outlets Santa Claus ｜GREATER TOKYO AREA
Official Site: Premium Outlets Shisui official events page
Aeon Mall, Futtsu
There are two ways you can see Santa at Aeon Mall in Futtsu. The first is the very original and fun Tuk Tuk Santa who is unique to Futtsu! His Tuk Tuk will in the mall on both December 4th and 5th all day and he may be popping in and out during the time.
Santa will then be available on December 24th for a meet and greet at three different time slots. He will be in the 1st floor Azeri court at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. Limited to the first 80 patrons. Bring your own camera to get a photo. He will give a sweet to as many children as he can.
Toys R Us, Babies R Us
Santa will be visiting a number of Toysrus and Babiesrus around Chiba. Please note that some of these Santa are Japanese. You can check with your local branch to see which type of Santa is visiting.
Time slots are the same for each branch:
- 11.30 am
- 1 pm
- 3 pm
- 4 pm
- 5 pm
On December 2nd you can meet him at the Makuhari Shintoshin and Shin-Urayasu branches.
December 3rd he will be at the Ichikawa and Funabashi branches.
Chiba New Town and Matsudo branches will host Santa on December 9th.
He will be at Narita and Noda branches on December 10th.
You can visit him in Chiba Naganuma on the 16th.
December 17th he will be in Shin Kamagaya and Soga branches.
Roman No Mori Kyowakoku
Lapland Santa will visit Roman no Mori on December 13th this year. They have a Santa house throughout their Christmas celebration period in which Santa will do a meet and greet on the 13th at 1.30 pm and 3.30 pm. Tickets limited to the first 50 people to inquire about the event on the day. There are other seasonal events for guests and visitors during the month of December.
Official Site: http://www.romannomori.co.jp/
Aeon Mall, Funabashi
On December 23rd Santa will be available for a photo at 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm. He will be in the Hikari Hiroba on the 1st floor. This is a free event and you need to bring your own camera.
Official event page: https://www.aeonmall.co.jp/topics/359235
Funabashi Andersen Park
GREEN Santa, an eco-friendly Santa from Denmark, will visit Funabashi Andersen Park on December 23rd at 11.30 am and 1.30 pm. They also have two showings of a “Christmas Musical Live” scheduled for the same day at 1.15 pm and 3 pm. Night illumination starts from 5 pm.
Lalaport, Tokyo Bay
Santa Claus is visiting Lalaport Tokyo Bay on both December 23rd and 24th. On both days participation tickets will be distributed from 10 am. They will be given out from in front of the “Tokei Hiroba” (Ha-ba- street), unless it is raining in which case they will be available from in front of Doutor on the 3rd floor. Santa will visit the Tokei Hiroba area unless it is raining in which case he will be in front of Gravity Research on the 3rd floor.
There are three different time slots where you can get a photo with Santa. However, the first two are restricted to KIDS CLUB members only. Kids Club is a Lalaport incentive for kids. Those Santa times for Kids Club members are 1 and 3 pm. You can make a Kids Club member’s card in advance of the ticket distribution. It is free and there are actually lots of benefits to them. The 5 pm slot is open to anyone.
Official Event Page: https://mitsui-shopping-park.com/lalaport/tokyo-bay/event/10543151_28698.html
Santa will visit Aeon in Kisarazu on December 24th. An international accordion player will accompany him during the three different slots on Christmas eve. Santa will distribute sweets to children during the meet and greet sessions which are scheduled for 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm.
The Soga branch of Ario have a Finland Santa visiting on December 24th at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. This event is limited to the first 50 families for each time slot. They require that you have at least one child under school age, i.e under 7 years old. The event will take place at the 1st floor Sun Court.
New: (Added December 14th) Atre, Shin Uruyasu
Santa Claus is visiting Atre in Shin Uruyasu on December 23rd. He will be on the 1st floor in the Garden Terrace from 11.30 am and then again at 3.30 pm. Each time he will be there for about an hour. Each time he will greet about 50 customers. Bring your own camera!
Official Event URL: http://event.atre.co.jp/shin_urayasu/christmas17/topics_detail?cd=003443
New: Atre, Matsudo
If you have receipts for purchases of more than 1000 yen you can visit Santa in Matsudo on December 16th and 17th. The receipts must be for the date you are visiting Santa. They will distribute tickets to see Santa for people with receipts from 11 am on the 3rd floor. Santa will meet and greet from 1 pm and 3 pm for 30 minutes each time. Santa will see 50 customers each time. Bring your own camera!
Official Event URL: http://www.atre.co.jp/store/matsudo/atret/65768
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